As rumours continue to link Santi Cazorla with an emotional return to Arsenal as a part of head coach and former teammate Mikel Arteta’s backroom staff, Cazorla has revealed that he has made a decision about his future.
He signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2012 from Malaga. He played a crucial role in the Gunners’ FA Cup win in 2014 which ended the club’s 9 year trophy drought. His two footedness, flair and positive demeanor captured the hearts of the Arsenal faithful.
The Spaniard injured his right achilles tendon during a Champions League game against Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in 2016. He suffered setback after setback due to his injuries culminating in his contraction of gangrene on the affected area. He was told there was a chance he would never walk again, let alone play football. Cazorla’s contract with the Gunners ended in 2018 and to the anguish of Arsenal supporters, he never got to play one final game in the red and white.
Santi Cazorla miraculously returned to football at Villareal and performed so well he got a call up to the Spanish national team in 2019. He continues to play his domestic football at Villareal.
Cazorla and Arteta developed a strong friendship at Arsenal and when Arteta got the top job at the Emirates, his compatriot voiced his support and approval. Cazorla has repeatedly spoken highly of Arteta and of Arsenal Football Club.
In recent weeks, rumours have emerged that Cazorla has been offered a place on Mikel Arteta’s backroom staff for next season. Regarding his future, Cazorla told Cadena SER:
“I have already made my decision, but right now is not the time to say anything. I have an idea of what I want, but in due course I will reveal what I’ve decided. Now is not the time because we have to be focused on competing.”
“The season suspension has helped me think, listen to my body, but I do not want to pre-empt you or to speculate too much.”
On being asked about his plans beyond his playing career, Cazorla said:
“I want to remain linked to football. I could be a coach, but I see myself more in a sporting director role.”
Irrespective of whether he chooses to become a coach or a sporting director, Arsenal fans will be hoping a return to the Emirates is on the cards for the Spanish maestro.
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